|There will be a local tour for symposium participants free
of extra charge to explore the City of Qingdao and her surroundings.
An optional tour to Mountain Tai and The Temple of Confucius
(approximately US$150 for each) is also available at your own
expense upon request. Please notify us if you are interested
in such a tour.
|Introduction to Mt. Tai
is the most renowned mountain in China. It was listed in the
Chronology of Recognition of World Heritages in China in December
With a height of 1,545 m, Mt. Tai is the third highest among
the five sacred mountains in China. However Mt. Tai is famous
for its divinity instead of its height. It has been hailed as
the "most sublime of the five sacred mountains" since
As one of the most important places of China's Buddhism and
Taoism, Mt. Tai contains many temples and historical sites.
The sacrificial and climbing activities of emperors and kings
have left behind enormous historical legacy, which is unsurpassed
by any other mountain in China. In Dai Temple, the trees planted
by Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty still remain green and prosperous,
and the Home Returning Ridge, which is characterized by a steep
and dangerous slope, can still be seen. Lying on the Yunbu Bridge,
the five ancient pines, which were bestowed honorific titles
by the first emperor of the Qin dynasty are still sturdy. On
the path of 18 bends, visitors can see many poems and songs
created by famous poets and scholars, such as Libai and Dufu.
Mt. Tai is of great historical, aesthetic and geographic importance.
The trip to Mt. Tai is to a great extent like reading a long
history book, which mixes past with present, the old with new.
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|Introduction to the Temple of Confucius
of Confucius, the Confucius Family Mansion and the Confucius
Woods are located in the city of Qufu, Shandong Province. They
symbolize the Chinese People's remembrance of Confucius throughout
the ages, and their respect of Confucianism. They are known
for their cultural significance, age long history, considerable
scale, rich collection of relics and their scientific and artistic
According to historical records, in 478 BC, the year after Confucius'
death, Lord Ai of the State of Lu had Confucius' house altered
into a temple in commemoration of the sage. Covering 140,000
square meters of land, the temple has over a hundred houses
clustering around 9 courtyards. Located there are the Airport
Altar where Confucius had his school, the famous cypress and
over a thousand stone tablets. To the east of the temple is
Confucius' house which has 480 rooms, housing many files and
relics. Many titles were conferred on Confucius and his descendants
in the course of history. In the north of Qufu are located the
Confucius Woods where the tombs of Confucius and most of his
descendants are to be found. It is a cemetery with over 100,000
ancient tombs and 4,000 steles. Zi Gong, Confucius' disciple,
started planting trees at Confucius' tomb and now there are
over 10,000 trees in the woods.
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